A Film by Martin Scorsese
New Books Network 2023
What is it like to experience emotions without being able to identify their sources? What happens when a person feels intense self-loathing but cannot articulate why—even as his star rises? Join Mike and Dan for an extended conversation about Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece and a film that it took the guys three years of podcasting to get the nerve to tackle. Dan explains why Raging Bull is a film that Flannery O’Connor would have admired; Mike talks about what happens when the violence confined by sports to a specific place spills over into other spaces; both debate the degree to which Jake can understand himself at the end of the film. As a portrait of a soul in distress, Raging Bull is one of the best.
Peter Biskind’s terrific Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood tells the story of how Raging Bull was made and how it marked the end of one of the greatest eras in American film.